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Windows 0-Day Exploited In Ongoing Attacks

Radical Moderate MS Office doesn't help (114 comments)

... almost every doc I open is opened in a locked state, Windows tosses up a message asking if I want to unlock it to make changes, or even to print it, I believe. That's a great way to train your users to click "OK" to every message they see.

3 days ago
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The Largest Ship In the World Is Being Built In Korea

Radical Moderate "Smiling workers"?! (274 comments)

I'm sorry, but something about that just sets my teeth on edge. Reminds me of old Soviet propaganda newsreels. I refuse to believe all 46,000 employees at the shipyard are smiling all the time...and if they are, something's seriously wrong. Unless he was there at 4:20

I also have a hard time believing someone named their son Alastair Philip Wiper, but the world is a strange place.

5 days ago
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For Game Developers, It's About the Labor of Love

Radical Moderate But is this still a thing? (164 comments)

Back in the days of print, sure, get a dozen mags in your pocket and you can pass your crap off as gold, for a while anyway. But now? There's a billion gamer websites and blogs, and anybody posting a fluffy review will get eaten alive by their readers, pull that a couple times and you're credibility is toast.

I'm not asking rhetorically, I honestly don't know, I don't follow the gaming press much. I don't see how they can have enough influence to be worth paying off.

about two weeks ago
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Apple Announces iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, OS X Yosemite and More

Radical Moderate Why fear the iMac? (354 comments)

They've been selling Retina displays for a couple years, slapping it on the iMac isn't rocket science. I do think it's an unnecessary feature that will jack the price, but the iMac went from being the cheap mac to the not insanely expensive Mac some time ago, so meh.

about two weeks ago
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Why America Won't Match Sweden's Cheap, Fast, Competitive Internet Services

Radical Moderate Re:Simple Answer Really (346 comments)

So by your logic, we should be paying 50 times as much per person for internet service. Yes, the US is bigger than Sweden, but there's no reason infrastructure, including internet, can't scale, or that in doing so the cost per user should increase. Sure you need more resources to do it, but being bigger, we have more resources.

about two weeks ago
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Will Windows 10 Finally Address OS Decay?

Radical Moderate Win7 has been good for me too (577 comments)

I rebuilt my XP boxes every year or so. I've had Win7 on the same box for 3.5 years, no problems. It could be that today's hardware is so over-powered, not even MS can generate enough bloat to slow it down.

That said, it would be nice if Win10 forced apps to behave better and kept the registry clean. Not holding my breath.

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft Announces Windows 10

Radical Moderate " Windows 10 will offer a tailored experience... (644 comments)

... for all hardware across a single platform family.", from TFA.

Sounds like a great idea, if implemented properly. My confidence in MS' ability to implement properly is not high.

about three weeks ago
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IBM Solar Concentrator Can Produce12kW/day, Clean Water, and AC

Radical Moderate Re:47 square yards? (268 comments)

Hey, be grateful those weren't cubic square yards

about a month ago
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Why You Can't Manufacture Like Apple

Radical Moderate I hate Apple packaging! (408 comments)

Honestly, I don't need every frickin component hermetically sealed in cellophane with custom-molded plastic caps that will be instantly thrown away. I buy dozens of Macs periodically, and getting rid of Apple's foam packaging is a huge PIA. And it goes straight to the landfill. Give me Dell's cardboard any day.

I do like the jewel-box like packaging on their smaller products, it's mostly cardstock, and well implemented.

about a month ago
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Science Has a Sexual Assault Problem

Radical Moderate The numbers fit my preconceived assumptions... (460 comments)

The methodology of this study is pretty shaky, so the numbers are worthless. The fact that they're what you'd expect them to be is meaningless. I'm not saying there's no harrassment issues in science or field work, or that your conjecture is necessarily wrong. I'm saying the selection bias of this survey makes it impossible to draw any conclusions from it.

about a month ago
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Sapphire Glass Didn't Pass iPhone Drop Test According to Reports

Radical Moderate Comes down to surface area (207 comments)

A larger surface will be more prone to flex, leading to cracks. So a small surface like a watch face won't be subjected to much flexing stress, and the sapphire glass will hold up. A tablet, not so much. Pricing too. On a watch with a square inch of glass, spending ten times more for the sapphire glass isn't a big deal. On a tablet with about 30 square inches, well, do the math.

about a month ago
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To Really Cut Emissions, We Need Electric Buses, Not Just Electric Cars

Radical Moderate Re:Buy a better bus! (491 comments)

Yeah, that's pathetic. Proterra is an American company with former Director of Transportation Ray LaHood on its board, so they'll probably be picking up more contracts. According to the article, on a 17-mile route the bus will stop for 10 minutes to recharge. I'm sure customers will be thrilled to hang around for ten minutes while the bus charges.

I think electric buses are a great idea, but Proterra, not so much.

about a month and a half ago
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To Really Cut Emissions, We Need Electric Buses, Not Just Electric Cars

Radical Moderate That's assuming free and convenient parking (491 comments)

Remove that form the equation, and buses start looking very attractive. And that doesn't just apply to big cities. I live in a small but pretty dense town, parking is a huge issue. Bus service is pretty crappy. Something needs to be done, whatever it is will be expensive.

about a month and a half ago
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AT&T Says 10Mbps Is Too Fast For "Broadband," 4Mbps Is Enough

Radical Moderate Competition my hiney (533 comments)

"As far as most slashdot users are concerned, there's enough competition to let capitalism do it's thing."

I have a choice of crappy DSL that doesn't even meet the current 4 Mbps spec, or Comcast. Thanks capitalism!

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: the State of Free Video Editing Tools?

Radical Moderate Don't laugh, but... (163 comments)

for quick and dirty editing WMM doesn't suck. The UI is fairly intuitive and I haven't crashed it yet. Features are pretty limited of course, but it's not bad for what it is.

about 2 months ago

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Microsoft to become more like Apple?

Radical Moderate Radical Moderate writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Radical Moderate (563286) writes "Inspired by Apple's recent successes, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer says that MS is changing the way it deals with Dell, HP, and other hardware vendors to create "great end-to-end experiences". No word yet on what exactly that change entails, but analysts are speculating . The Seattle Post Intelligencer has the full text of Ballmer's e-mail. "
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